Being decent has its drawbacks—just ask Mitt Romney. The New York Times dedicated two pages in last week’s Sunday edition to his lack of cool, jeering the Governor’s “1950’s language” and “Gomer Pyle routine” for being “old timey.” We beg to differ. American values are not fickle; our core beliefs are not seasonal like Baskin Robbins’ flavor of the month.

For that reason, we are poking an eye at the stereotypes of conservatives and dedicating our WEEKLY MEME MASH to images that celebrate our gosh-darn exceptionalism as well as satirize the critics of “old timey” American culture. Because, to quote Huey Lewis, we believe “it’s hip to be square.”